Word is Bond

The average human speaks around 16,000 words a day. No wonder we rarely think about the words we use.

Imagine you had 16,000 dollars to spend a day. Would you worry about the $6 coffee or the $100 dinner? No. We treat words in the same way. We say things we don’t mean, gossip, lie, and make promises we’ll never keep.

The problem? Words do matter. Over minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years they construct our reality.

Hip Hop artists know this better than most. Everything in the Hip Hop artist’s world starts with words. Out of these words the artist manifests cars, clothes, and fame.

Words become things.

It doesn’t matter if you’re not a Hip Hop artist. The words you use build your reality.

Originally when I set out to write this I wanted to talk about Hip Hop and Stoicism. I tried to write the post and couldn’t get it to work. I’m going to revisit at some point. There’s a lot of wisdom in Hip Hop.

When The Foundation Changes

There’s a prominent theory in psychology called ego depletion. The basic idea is that you have a limited amount of willpower. It’s kind of like having a tank of gas. Over the day you slowly burn through it all until you binge eat ice cream or spend hours aimlessly watching Netflix.

The only problem? It’s a myth. One that a lot of productivity science is built one. A myth I believed until yesterday.

When the foundation collapses what do you do? I felt a weight lifted. I’d been using ego depletion as an excuse, a way to hide from doing the work.

It got me thinking. Maybe we should seek out the sinkhole.

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